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Cablegate: Media Reaction: South and Central Asia: Pakistan,

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA: PAKISTAN,
GOVERNANCE; SCO PAULO


"Pakistani Knot"

Liberal, largest national circulation daily Folha de S. Paulo (8/13)
editorialized: "Political instability in Pakistan has made the US
make contingency plans for a possible fall of dictator Pervez
Musharraf. Washington's main concerns are the fight against
terrorism and control over the Pakistani nuclear arsenal. Allied to
Bush, Musharraf is currently facing a long list of problems....
Adding to such problems the dispute with the Judiciary, which has
made increasingly uncertain his plans to obtain another presidential
term and maintain himself as the chief of the Armed Forces, we have
an explanation for the rumors that Musharraf may decree a state of
emergency. Apparently he did not do so last week because of Secstate
Condoleezza Rice's intense pressure.... So far there is no sign that
Musharraf may be overthrown, but his situation is not a tranquil
one. He has the loyalty of the Army's lay officers, but not that of
the troops, which, as the majority of the population, are made up of
religious people who look with suspicion upon the alliance with the
US and hesitate to repress Islamic radicals."
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